Debt-ridden Kanye West pleads to Facebook’s Zuckerberg: Invest $1B in me


(JTA) — Kanye West in a Twitter plea asked Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg to invest $1 billion in his “ideas,” claiming he is tens of millions in debt.

West tweeted early Sunday, minutes before taking the stage to perform on “Saturday Night Live.” The musical artist said he was “53 million dollars in personal debt.”

West released his new album, “The Life of Pablo,” following his “SNL” performance.

In a subsequent tweet, West said Zuckerberg, who is Jewish, should provide the support “after realizing he is the greatest living artist and greatest artist of all time.” The musician also later called on his supporters to reach out to Zuckerberg: “World, please tweet, FaceTime, Facebook, instagram, whatever you gotta do to get Mark to support me …”

“Mark, I am publicly asking you for help …,” West tweeted, adding in another tweet: “one of the coolest things you could ever do is to help me in my time of need.”

West also hedged his bets.

“hey Larry Page I’m down for your help too …,” he said in a tweet meant for the Jewish co-founder of Google.

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